Elizabeth Baguley, illustrated by Mark Chambers. Pigeon Poop. (Good Books, 2012)
A perfect neat and tidy town ducks pigeon droppings falling down, while you the reader reads the text and
tries to guess what's coming...

Mac Barnett, pictures by Adam Rex. Chloe and the Lion. (Hyperion, 2012)
Did you ever wonder why publishers often keep authors and illustrators FAR apart? This is why!

Artie Bennett, illustrated by Mike Lester. The Butt Book. (Bloomsbury, 2010)

Artie Bennet, illustrated by John Nez.
Peter Panda Melts Down! (Blue Apple, 2014)
From the author of The Butt Book and Poopendous comes a sweeter and younger picture book, a must for
the bedtime story pile, that follows the ups and downs (and ups and downs and ups and...) of a lively three-
year-old who just can't understand why good things ever have to end!

Artie Bennett, illustrated by Mike Moran. Poopendous. (Blue Apple, 2012)

Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky.
Z is for Moose. (Greenwillow Books, 2012)
Order is overrated, and it takes too long!

John Butler. Can You Growl Like a Bear? (Peachtree, 2013)
Don't just make cow noises; make dolphin noises! A board book to put the youngest down for a nap featuring
exotic, and beautifully drawn animals.

Shawn Byous. Because I Stubbed My Toe. (Capstone, 2014)
For all those little guys who are sick of hearing, "There will be consequences, young man". Bring it on!

Ben Clanton. Mo's Mustache. (Tundra, 2013)
The problem with being unique is that everyone ends up wanting to be unique just like you! Poor Mo.

Nathan Clement. Job Site. (Boyds Mills Press, 2011)
When the boss says get it done, which piece of machinery gets the job? Big bold pictures of big powerful
machines doing big jobs, perfect for little guys.

David G. Derrick, Jr. I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle! (Immedium, 2013)
Two pint-sized, would be top predators claim the thrown in wild India. Tooth and claw, stalk and pounce, who
is scariest of all?

Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Boy + Bot. (Knopf, 2012)
Read it to a boy, or a robot, you love.

John Fardell. The Day Louis Got Eaten. (Andersen Press, 2012)
The kid gets eaten on page one. Just think how grumpy he will be by the end of the book!

Tony Fucile. Let's Do Nothing! (Candlewick, 2009)
For all those little guys who can't sit still, here is a picture book that asks that most important question: Why
try?

Joe Kulka. My Crocodile Does Not Bite. (Carolrhoda, 2013)
...but what he does do is pretty amazing, and very funny. Do you like to see the mean kid get what she
deserves?

Doris Kutschbach, illustrated by Julia Durr. Art Forgeries: Spot the Difference! Find the Fake! (Prestel, 2013)
A mesmerizing take on the I Spy approach to books. Spot the differences between great pieces of art and,
sometimes very funny, fakes.

David LaRochelle. Moo! (Walker, 2013)
Books are about storytelling, not words. With just two words, this story thrills, chills, and spills. Turn the
pages and tell the story in your own words!

Alex Latimer. The Boy Who Cried Ninja. (Peachtree, 2011)
One boy makes unbelievable claims, and it gets him into deep trouble. Then he learns a lesson about telling
the truth. Think you know the story? Not...even...close! The old tale gets all kinds of new and funny twists,
plus, ninjas!

Steve Light. Diggers Go. (Chronicle Books, 2013)
Big machines make big noises, can you make them too? Sing along with excavators, wrecking balls, and a
whole chorus gears and wheels and roaring engines.

Kathy Long. Christopher Sat Straight Up in Bed. (Eerdmans Books, 2013)
How brave it is to go and find out what makes frightening sounds in the night. Christopher braves trumpeting
elephants, pounding dinosaurs, and... what?

Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Deborah Melmon. Give Up, Gecko!: A Folktale from Uganda.
(Amazon, 2013)
If you love to root for the little guy, you have to love African folktales. And if you love folktales, you have to
love Margaret Read MacDonald. There's a big job to do, and all the big animals think they are the ones to get
it done, but never count out a littled lizard with a big heart.

Mack. Higher, Daddy! (Clavis, 2014)
What little guy doesn't love being tossed in the air by dad? This little lift-the-flap book celebrates the pure joy
that has given so many mommies pure terror! An on the lap book that every little guy will want to read over
and over and over...

Jeff Mack. Good News, Bad News. (Chronicle Books, 2012)
If you like Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie books, here's a buddy story that will have you guessing what's
coming on every turn of the page. The good news, here's a bright shiny apple. The bad news is...

Scott Magoon. The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
I didn't normally talk to a Littlefoot...

Patrick McDonnell. The Monsters' Monster. (Little, Brown and Company, 2012)
Three diminutive Frankensteins try to make a monster as monsterous as they would like to be. When they
are good they are bad; when they try to be bad...

Nicola O'Byrne, words b Nick Bromley. Open Very Carefully. (Nosy Crow, 2013)
For all those fans of David Wiesner's The Three Pigs, here is another book that turns itself inside out. Who
can pay attention to The Ugly Duckling when there is something big and toothy creeping around behind the
pages? Do you ignor it and just try to keep reading? Heck no!

John Perry, illustrated by Mark Fearing. The Book That Eats People. (Tricycle, 2009)
So little guy, you want a scary book? A REALLY scary book? Are you sure? Okay... It's a little funny, and really
kind of scary, introduction for your future gothic horror reader.

Barry Louis Polisar, illustrations by David Clark. Something Fishy. (Rainbow Morning Music, 2013)
Every picture would be a cartoon worth framing: a dancing octopus in top hat and tails, a crabby crab, a
couch potato seahorse, and fishing through the eyes of the worm. Oh yeah, there are funny poems too, but
man, those pictures!

Chris Raschka. A Ball for Daisy. (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2011)
A wordless book that speaks volumes abouts friendship and simple joys. Share it with kids aged 1 month to
100 years.

Aaron Reynolds, pictures by Peter Brown. Creepy Carrots! (Simon & Schuster, 2012)
The revenge of the root vegitable. It's things that go bump in the night for the youngest crowd.

Aaron Reynolds, illustrasted by David Barneda. Pirates vs. Cowboys. (Knopf, 2013)
Quick, who would win a fight, baseball players or musicians? Astronauts or dentists? Pirates or cowboys?
What matters most? Strength? Weapons? Teamwork? Body odor? At last, the greatest question of our age
is answered!

Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat. Carnivores. (Chronicle Books, 2013)
Are carnivores really mean? Scary? Or do they just need to get in touch with their true inner selves? Face it,
if a lion really gets in touch with his true inner lion, bunnies beware! Here is a picture book to read to your
kids, because there are as many jokes in there for you as there are for them.

Jeff Rivera. Um, Mommy... I Think I Flushed My Brother Down the Toilet. (Jeff Rivera, 2012)
Talk about taking the plunge(r)!  It's an introduction to the classic fantasy journey (think "down the rabbit
hole"... on second thought, just don't), for a very young audience.

Michelle Robinson. Pictures by Peter H. Reynolds. What To Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot. (Dial, 2012)
Whatever you do, don't... Oh no, now you've made it worse! Sound like any little guys you know?

Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Dragons Love Tacos. (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012)
Why do dragons love tacos so much? And why do you never want to feed them tacos with hot salsa? Just
try it and find out!

Bob Shea. Buddy and the Bunnies In Don't Play with Your Food. (Disney-Hyperion, 2014)
Little monster gets outsmarted, out-kinded, and eventually outnumbered by some bunnies who would rather
make friends than be dinner. Wouldn't you?

Bob Shea. Cheetah Can't Lose. (Balzer + Bray, 2013)
The race isn't always to the fastest, but that's the way Cheetah is betting! He's bigger. He's faster. But
maybe the race goes to  the... smartest?

Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbler. Tiger In My Soup. (Peachtree Publishers, 2013)
Adventure is best served hot...

Alan Lawrence Sitomer, illustrated by Abby Carter. Daddy's Zigzagging Bedtime Story. (Disney Hyperion
Books, 2014)

It is bedtime, and Jake wants one book; Jenny wants another. Jake wants one kind of story; Jenny wants
another altogether. Never fear, Dad is here, with a story unlike any his kids have ever heard.

David Slonim. I Loathe You. (Aladdin, 2012)
All things being relative, and relatives being all things, how does Big Monster tell Little Monster how much it
cares?

Lane Smith. Abe Lincoln's Dream. (Roaring Brook Press, 2012)
And who should be more surprised? A little girl who stumbles upon the ghost of Abraham Lincoln? Or Abe
seeing the world that he helped build more than a century later?

Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen. The Dark. (Little, Brown, 2013)
A little boy the dark lives in his house. He's afraid of the dark, but as long as it doesn't come calling it can
have the basement, the closet, and the night. Then the dark comes calling...

Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock. Demolition. (Candlewick, 2014)
Little guys, big trucks. A match made in heaven. But even better than watching huge machines make stuff is
watching them knock stuff down. And wait for the twist at the end!

Britta Teckentrup. Big Smelly Bear. (Boxer Books, 2013)
When does a big bear take a bath? Whenever he wants to. Which means that a big bear DOESN'T take a
bath when he DOESN'T want to. Ah, freedom. Great, stinky freedom!

Bill Thompson. Chalk. (Marshall Cavendish, 2010)
What does sidewalk chalk have in common with a wordless picture book?

Shrill Travesty. The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody. (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
Okay, even if you love The Giving Tree, admit it. That selfish, snot-nosed kid really ticks you off. Gimme this,
gimme that. I want apples, I want wood, la la la. Don't you sometimes just wish that tree would...

Herve Tullet. Press Here. (Chronicle Books, 2011)
The perfect picture book for little guys. They will point, tap, clap, jump up, and laugh. It is a book designed to
stimulate the analytical side of the young boys' brains, and boy does it ever.

Mike Twohy. Outfoxed. (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
If it looks like a duck and quacks... but if it licks your face and pees on the rug, is it a duck? If it lives in a
chicken house can it be a dog? Fox doesn't have time for all these questions; he's hungry!

Mike Twohy. Wake Up, Rupert! (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Every day, those poor roosters wake up before everybody else, to wake up everybody else. But do they really
have too? I mean, Rupert the rooster can sleep in just one day, can't he?

Hope Vestergaard, illustrated by David Slonim. Digger, Dozer, Dumper. (Candlewick, 2013)
Little poems about big machines means big fun for little guys.

Lisa Wheeler, illustrations by Barry Gott. Dino-Basketball. (Carolrhoda, 2011)
High-powered basketball lingo, tongue-twisting dinosaur names, and dizzyness-inducing pictures. All a little
guy could want from a picture book!

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Derek Munson, illustrated by Melody Wang. Bad Dad. (Cannonball Books, 2013)
Dad is always doing things with his kids that get him in trouble... which means he is always doing things with
his kids!

William Bee. "Stanley" (Series)
Stanley the Builder. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley the Farmer. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley's Diner. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley's Garage. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley is one helpful hamster, with lots of great tools and equipment. In simple text and bold pictures,
Stanley spends his days helping one friend after another. A perfect little series of little books for little doers.

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Zachariiah Ohora. Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! (Abrams Books for
Young Readers, 2014)
Now here is a destructive force of nature that many little guys can relate too! Even when he is trying to be
good, Tyrannosaurus's energy, and the damage, just can't be contained. In a classroom of good little
dinosaurs, T-Rex puts the terrible in terrible lizards.